Date:January 4, 2008
Contact:Public Relations @ (225) 342-3035

Labor Department to assist workers affected by closure of Ormet’s Burnside terminal

GONZALES –The Louisiana Department of Labor’s Rapid Response unit will conduct orientation sessions for the 25 workers who will be laid off when Ormet Corp. closes its Burnside terminal on Jan. 11.

The sessions will be held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the company’s facility at 41237 Highway 22 in Gonzales.

“We were able to provide re-employment services to nearly 250 workers who were laid off when Ormet closed its aluminum plant in December 2006,” said Greg A. Anders, state Rapid Response coordinator. “Though the current layoff is smaller in numbers, we want to ensure that the workers at the Burnside terminal receive the same quality of service.”

The Burnside terminal provided loading and unloading services for Ormet’s aluminum plant until the facility closed in 2006.

Rapid Response is an outplacement service offered to workers affected by major layoffs and plant closings. The orientation sessions are designed to inform affected employees about the services available to them through Rapid Response.

Services include: job placement assistance, job counseling, job search workshops, labor market information, résumé preparation assistance, interviewing techniques, computerized job search assistance, veterans’ assistance information, occupational retraining, trade adjustment assistance, debt counseling, out-of-area job search assistance, relocation assistance, on-the-job training, unemployment insurance and other supportive services as needed.

Rapid Response services are offered at no cost to the employer or the participating employees.

For more information contact Greg A. Anders at (225) 342-2934 or visit the Louisiana Department of Labor Web site at

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